College coed performs two roles in ‘Wolf Hall’

Susan St. Denis plays Elizabeth Cromwell, wife to Thomas Cromwell played by Jason Woods, in “Wolf Hall.”

Susan St. Denis plays Elizabeth Cromwell, wife to Thomas Cromwell played by Jason Woods, in “Wolf Hall.”

San Marco resident Susan “Susie” St. Denis recently made her acting debut, performing in two roles, as Elizabeth Cromwell (wife of Thomas Cromwell) and Mary Boleyn (sister of Anne Boleyn), in “Wolf Hall” at Theater Jacksonville March 2-18.

“Overall this play is a powerful historical narrative. It shows not only the complex relationships in the British Court but also the hidden powers of the women at that time,” said St. Denis. “It was a fun challenge to play two characters that were so drastically different – Elizabeth Cromwell, wife of Thomas Cromwell – played by the amazing Jason Woods and Mary Boleyn, sister to Anne – beautifully portrayed by Abigail Hunger.”

The acting bug first bit St. Denis when she was just seven years old, memorizing part of Richard III. She performed in a play while at The Bolles School, but “Wolf Hall” is her first major performance post-high school.

Currently a sophomore at the University of North Florida studying communications with a concentration in multimedia journalism and production, and a minor in Chinese, St. Denis attended Hendricks Avenue Elementary School, Julia Landon College Preparatory School, and graduated from Bolles School 2016. She also worked as a model at Sessions Modeling Studio.

“Wolf Hall” the play is a two-part adaptation of the Man Booker Prize-winning novel of the same name by Hilary Mantel and follows the rise to power of Thomas Cromwell in the court of Henry VIII from 1500 to 1535. The performances at Theatre Jacksonville, 2032 San Marco Blvd., were directed by William E.P. Davis, a freelance theatre director and teacher.

“The director, Will Davis, was magical to work with as was the whole cast of Wolf Hall. They were all extremely supportive and I would love to have the chance to act alongside them again,” said St. Denis, who is the oldest of five children.

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